Working as a contract attorney has both pros and cons, just like any other attorney. Some of the pros include having a variety of work and having compensation that is tied to their hours. Some of the cons include a lower average salary compared to regular attorneys and less prestige than regular attorneys have.
Contract attorneys enjoy various benefits that regular attorneys may lack, such having a variety of work and having compensation that is tied to the number of hours they work. That being said, there are some downsides to becoming a solo practitioner, including a lower average salary and less prestige compared to regular full-time attorneys. All in all, you should weigh your options and consider becoming a contract attorney if it is the right fit for you.
1. Why did you decide to work as a contract attorney?
Because it was the only job I could get.
2. What is the best part of working as a contract attorney?
Working as a contract attorney is not a good job. You get a paycheck, which is the reason to do it.
3. What is the worst part of working as a contract attorney?
No benefits, low pay, no professional development, no respect (by the placing agency). The agency will tell you that they have health benefits available, but the price is exactly what you would pay on the open market as an individual buyer of health benefits; therefore, as a practical matter, they should simply be honest and say they don't provide health benefits.
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